Morey Amsterdam

Morey Amsterdam

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1908-12-14 · Deathday: 1996-10-27 (87 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

19 Movies · 25 TV shows

Biography

Moritz "Morey" Amsterdam (December 14, 1908 – October 27, 1996) was an American actor and comedian. He played Buddy Sorrell on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966.

Early Life

Amsterdam was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of the three sons of Max and Jennie (Finder) Amsterdam, Jewish immigrants from Austria-Hungary.He began working in vaudeville in 1922 as the straight man for his older brother's jokes. He was a cellist, a skill he used throughout his career. By 1924, he was working in a speakeasy operated by Al Capone.After being caught in the middle of a gunfight, Amsterdam moved to California and worked writing jokes. His enormous repertoire, and his ability to come up with a joke on any subject, earned him the nickname The Human Joke Machine. He sometimes performed with a mock machine on his chest, hanging by a strap. He turned a hand crank and paper rolled out; he would then pretend to read the machine's joke, although actually the paper was blank.Amsterdam's reputation for humor preceded him. Hal Block tells of Amsterdam walking up Sixth Avenue in New York City and meeting an old friend. "Where have you been?" the friend asked. "Sick," Amsterdam replied, "I've been in bed with a cold." His friend looked at him and asked, "What's so funny about that?"

Movies & TV shows

2015.

1 Movie
Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration

2015
Mary Tyler Moore influenced a generation of women to become more independent and to pursue successful and fulfilling careers by turning the world on with her smile. Moore's 50-plus-year career has spa...

2004.

1 Movie
The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited

The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited

2004
40 years after The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), Alan Brady wants to hire Rob and Sally to write his eulogy - in order to win a bet with his wife. Although they don't want to do it, he offers them a huge...

1993.

1 Movie
Sandman

Sandman

1993
no plot found

1991.

1 TV show
TV
Herman's Head

Herman's Head

1991
Herman's Head aired on the Fox network from 1991 to 1994. The series was produced by Witt/Thomas and Touchstone Television. The character is played by William Ragsdale.

1988.

1 Movie
Side by Side

Side by Side

1988
Three men who have just been forced to retire convince their bank to finance their dream of producing a line of clothing for senior citizens.

1984.

2 TV shows
TV
Crazy like a Fox

Crazy like a Fox

1984
Crazy Like a Fox is an American television series set in San Francisco, California, that aired on CBS from December 30, 1984 to May 3, 1986.
TV
Brothers

Brothers

1984
Two conservative men support their younger brother when he comes out as gay, and help him navigate being openly homosexual in 1980s Philadelphia.

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Fame

Fame

1982
Fame was an American television series from 1982 to 1987. The show is based on a movie. The lives of the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts were followed. Th...

1979.

1 Movie
Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later

1979
A 13-year-old girl is in love with a 17-year-old boy. She tells him she's 16 when she finally catches his attention. When Michael discovers the truth, what will he do?

1978.

1 TV show
TV
Vega$

Vega$

1978
"Vega$" is a television drama series that aired on ABC between 1978 and 1981 Spelling produced it. The entire series was filmed in Las Vegas. It is thought to be the first television series to be prod...

1977.

1 TV show
TV
The Love Boat

The Love Boat

7.31
1977
The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until May 24, 1986. The show starred Gavin MacLeod as the ship's...

1976.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

1976
The studio bus driver who discovered the trick dog in the 1920s was a would-be filmmaker and actress.
TV
Alice

Alice

7.17
1976
Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda Lavin i...
Rudolph's Shiny New Year

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

5.25
1976
The baby must be found by midnight of New Year's Eve.

1973.

1 TV show

1969.

1 Movie
Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman

Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman

1969
An enchanting variety special which reunites Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in song and dance. Numbers include "On The Other Hand", "Life Is Like A Situation Comedy", "Food Medley", "Do You Love M...

1968.

1 Movie
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit

The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit

1
1968
There are two problems that need to be solved. His boss wants him to promote something. The second problem is Helen. She did well in a competition. She wants to own her own horse, but her father can't...

1966.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title

Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title

1966
A man is mistaken by foreign agents for a defecting cosmonaut and must prove his identity while evading capture.
TV
Hollywood Squares

Hollywood Squares

1966
Hollywood Squares is an American panel game show, in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win cash and prizes. The "board" for the game is a 3 × 3 vertical stack of open-faced cubes, each occupie...

1964.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Muscle Beach Party

Muscle Beach Party

5.47
1964
People are training.
TV
The Hollywood Palace

The Hollywood Palace

1964
The Hollywood Palace is an hour-long American television variety show that was broadcast weekly on ABC from January 4, 1964 to February 7, 1970. Originally titled The Saturday Night Hollywood Palace, ...

1963.

1 Movie
Beach Party

Beach Party

4.75
1963
The sex habits of teenagers are being studied by Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell and his secretary. The surfing teens led by Dee Dee don't have much sex but they sing, battle the motorcycle rats and m...

1962.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Merv Griffin Show

The Merv Griffin Show

1962
The Merv Griffin Show is an American television talk show, starring Merv Griffin. The series ran from October 1, 1962 to March 29, 1963 on NBC, September 20, 1965 to August 15, 1969 in first-run syndi...
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

1962
There is a musical version of A Christmas Carol. Magoo doesn't have a chance to play Scrooge unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the spirits who haunt him on Christmas Eve.

1961.

1 TV show
TV
The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show

5.8
1961
The show was on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam and Mary Tyler Moore were in the show. Rob is a writer. The show was produced by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. A...

1960.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Pete and Gladys

Pete and Gladys

1960
Pete and Gladys is an American situation comedy television series starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams that aired on CBS on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time for two seasons, beginning ...
Murder, Inc.

Murder, Inc.

1960
Powerful boss Lepke and violent hit man Reles were the focus of the organised crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated.

1958.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Kraft Music Hall

Kraft Music Hall

1958
In the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s, several television series were aired by NBC in the musical variety genre, which was sponsored by the producers of a well-known line of cheeses and rel...
Machine-Gun Kelly

Machine-Gun Kelly

1958
George Kelly is afraid of dying. Thompson SMG and Kelly's girl Flo gave him confidence. Flo, Kelly and his gang were involved in a failed robbery.

1957.

1 TV show
TV
Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

6
1957
Will Travel aired on CBS from 1957 to 1963. In the first four seasons, it was number three or number four. It was one of the few shows that had a radio version. Sam Rolfe and MeadowHerb created Have G...

1956.

1 TV show
TV
The Adventures of Jim Bowie

The Adventures of Jim Bowie

1956
The Adventures of Jim Bowie is an American Western television series that aired on ABC from 1956 to 1958.

1955.

2 TV shows
TV
Matinee Theater

Matinee Theater

1955
Matinee Theater is an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from 1955 to 1958. The series, which ran daily in the afternoon, was frequently live. It was prod...
TV
Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

6
1955
The creators of Gunsmoke were Norman MacDonnell and John Meston. The settlement of the American West took place in Dodge City, Kansas. William Conrad is on radio and James Arness is on television.

1954.

1 TV show
TV
December Bride

December Bride

1954
December Bride is an American sitcom that aired on the CBS television network from 1954 to 1959, adapted from the original CBS radio network series that aired from June 1952 through September 1953.

1951.

2 TV shows
TV
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

1951
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars is an anthology series that was telecast from 1951 until 1959 on CBS. Offering both comedies and drama, the series was sponsored by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. The t...
TV
Dragnet

Dragnet

7
1951
Dragnet is a radio, television and motion picture series that depicts the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show is named after the police t...

1950.

2 TV shows
TV
The Colgate Comedy Hour

The Colgate Comedy Hour

1950
The Colgate Comedy Hour is an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show starred many notable comedians and entertainers of the era, includin...
TV
Broadway Open House

Broadway Open House

1950
Broadway Open House is a late-night comedy variety show. It aired weeknights from May 29, 1950 to August 24, 1951. It led to the development of The Tonight Show.

1948.

2 TV shows
TV
The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

6
1948
The Ed Sullivan Show was hosted by Ed Sullivan. TV Guide ranked The Ed Sullivan Show #15 on their list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time.
TV
The Morey Amsterdam Show

The Morey Amsterdam Show

1948
The Morey Amsterdam Show is an American sitcom which ran from 1948-1949 on CBS Television and 1949-1950 on the DuMont Television Network, for a total of 71 episodes.

1944.

1 Movie
Bowery Champs

Bowery Champs

1944
Two boys are looking into something. They found the ex-wife of the murdered man. She is hiding.

1943.

2 Movies
Kid Dynamite

Kid Dynamite

6
1943
Muggs was kidnapped before he was to fight the champ. Danny Lyons won the fight, but Mugs thinks Danny was behind his kidnapping.
The Ghost and the Guest

The Ghost and the Guest

1943
Newlyweds are spending their honeymoon in an old country house. They are besieged by a gang of crooks who are searching for a fortune in diamonds. The honeymooners are trying to outsmart the villains ...

1939.

1 Movie
Hollywood Hobbies

Hollywood Hobbies

1939
Two starstruck movie fans hire a tour guide to take them to see a lot of Hollywood stars in a short film.
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